Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 17
February 17, 1898 (Part 4)
Special 16 page "Boom" Edition - Pages 9 - 12
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Page 9 - Columns 1 - 4
<The Curtis bills is discussed>
SOME BITS OF HISTORY(continued from page four)
FOR SALE - Business house and lot, centrally located on Front street; lot 60 by 10 feet; good business house on same. Apply at once to Will T Canup, agent, Fort Gipson, I.T. There is a great bargain here, and those interested should loose no time in making application.
Page 10-11 (preprinted no local news)
Page 12, column 1 & 2
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THE PROGRESSIVE TOWN OF VIAN.
Prosperous Business and Professional Men who Look After the Town's Interest.
Page 12 Column 1
Vian promises to be a town of more than usual importance, and the citizens of the place do not propose to let any chance slip by to advance her interests to that end. Being surrounded by the best of natural advantages it will undoubtedly, in the next decade, have a population that will equal any town in the Territory. There is no town in the Territory that has more enterprising and progressive business men, and it will be no fault of theirs if Vian is not the largest city in Indian Territory.
Blackstone & Co
Blackstone & Co. are the oldest and largest firm here. The firm is composed of P N Blackstone and C W Turner of Muskogee, I.T. They established this store about ten years ago and have been doing the largest business of any house in this part of the country. Besides the store they own the Vian Mill and Gin and a number of farms in Sandtown bottom and several buildings including store and dwellings, and have certainly done their part toward the upbuilding of Vian and surrounding country. We only wish we had more men with the capital Mr. Blackstone and Turner have and would invest in Vian real estate as these two venerable gentlemen have. Mr. T J Keener is manager of their business here at present, he has run the business very successfully for the past two years and has been engaged for another year, so it shows Mr. Keener has done exceedingly well with the business and has the full confidence of his employers and we predict for them a very profitable business in 1898. Mr. Keener is very conservative in buying and also in selling and a more safe man for their management Blackstone & Co. could hardly find in this country. They are now receiving hundreds of dollars worth of goods daily. Clerks are working night and day trying to get the goods opened and marked up to accommodate the public; a better and complete stock of goods can hardly be found this side of Ft. Smith, and a more energetic firm you cannot find in this part of the country. Besides Mr. Keener there is Mr. Henry West, head clerk in Blackstone & Co's store, who began working for them two years ago and has made many friends and assists Mr. Keener largely in keeping up the mammoth stock which they always carry. Mr. West is very accomodating, always at his post and ready to serve the people and his country at any time. Mr. West is ex-mayor of Vian, having filled that office one term to the satisfaction of the public and credit to himself. Last but not least, by any means, comes the venerable Will Sharp. Every one here knows Will, not even a colored man in Sandtown bottom, a cow or yearling in 10 miles of Vian, all white people, hogs, dogs, foxes and deers and also some "dears" all know him, for he has been here six years and it is said he has more friends than any man here. He also adds very materially to Blackstone & Co.'s business in whose employ he has been for the past six years, he is a very kind, polite and acommodating and is always smiling when his friends come in to trade a few dollars with him.
Next comes Wallace Thornton most everyone in this part of the county knows Wallace, for he has lived here 43 years, or in other words all his life. Was born and reared in this place and numbers his friends by the score. He is running a general store here and has been for the past five years and has made a great success. He is kind, polite, accommodating and always has a crowd in his store. He controls the principle part of the full blood trade of this town, he has two sons assisting him to run the store and they do a good and lucrative business. Besides his business he owns the principal part of the northern and western part of Vian and has a beautiful residence in the northern part of town and has a very large farm on the Arkansas river which bring him in a neat little sum each year.
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